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“The perfect getaway!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Retreat, Bhimtal

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The Retreat, Bhimtal
Certificate of Excellence
New Delhi, India
1 review
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“The perfect getaway!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

The retreat is a heartwarming and inviting hotel. Situated amidst lush green forests, it is the perfect getaway with family or a cool hangout place with friends. It is as far away from the hustle bustle of the mall road to give you a quite peaceful experience but being close enough that you can reach the market by walking for roughly 10 minutes. It also has trails/treks running from it in all directions so you can reach the tourist spots in 15-20 minutes. I would recommend Panna tal(A small clean lake where you can swim).

You would be lucky if padmini makes pancakes for you for breakfast!! Cheers to Padmini and her Family for doing an awesome job at making our stay memorable.

Room Tip: The last room has excellent views of the forest.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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paddysmetacek, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Thank you Zeeshan! Hope you and your friends can come again, and have an even better experience this time round.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

The Retreat is Padmini and her 6 children's little world. A warm and cosy home up the hill at the Jones Estate in Bhimtal, where you can forget about everything and everyone else and just be with yourself and your dear ones. Paddy and her children are the perfect host and we strongly recommend that you experience this home away from home. Its an old colonial bungalow that has been restored yet keeps its charm. The family is extremely thoughtful and caring and make your stay very comfortable and memorable by personally looking after all details during your stay. The food is excellent, their hospitality warm and for all who look for a quiet escape away from the hustle bustle of the city and are not looking for a luxurious, commercial hill resort The Retreat is truly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SinghParivaar
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paddysmetacek, Owner at The Retreat, Bhimtal, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will find the cleanliness better if you visit again (which we hope you will soon!); also we are working on improving the the locale -- a monsoon activity -- and beds (foam instead of cotton mattresses for those who prefer, soon), to make your stay more comfortable.
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Additional Information about The Retreat, Bhimtal

Property: The Retreat, Bhimtal
Address: Jones Estate | Near Butterfly Museum, Bhimtal 263136, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Bhimtal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Bhimtal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Retreat is a 19th century colonial bungalow set in an oak, pine and deodar forest estate in the Lake District of Kumaon. The welcoming Indo-German family do their best to share their home, lifestyle, and the fascinating history of this 1860’s house that include British influences, the Grandfather who escaped the Nazis, and the Grandmother who is a descendant of Tipu Sultan and the Mughals. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared every day; ranging from Indian, European, and even some colonial specialties. The area is ideal for barbecues, nature walks, and excursions to the forest that contain lakes ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. The hospitality and personality of Paddy Smetacek and her children make The Retreat an ideal place to be. ... more   less 

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